It's been a long time coming, but new housing in Des Plaines for people with physical disabilities finally arrived, with a grand opening held Thursday.
The project, proposed by Evanston-based nonprofit Over the Rainbow, faced setbacks for more than a year while aldermen debated whether to approve zoning code variations requested by the organization. Some aldermen were concerned by some variance requests, including permission to provide half the parking spaces and to build on a smaller lot than required by code.
But the proposal for Midtown Crossing Apartments, a four-story, 33-unit complex on the south side of downtown, eventually gained widespread support and was approved in September 2016. Construction began in January.
The building at 751 Graceland Ave. is within one-third of a mile from downtown shopping and public transportation. The single-room apartments provide barrier-free, affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities, the organization has said.
The development is the organization's 11th apartment community.